Journal of European Social Policy vol:19 issue:2 pages:99-116
This symposium considers Europe’s global social policy through an exchange of ideas between scholars with different areas of expertise. The lead article provides an overview of the EU’s objectives and instruments in promoting the social dimension of globalization, illustrating its focus on international labour standards and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the shift from trade measures to a broader spectrum of soft external policy instruments. More specifically, we
analyse the horizontal and vertical coherence of the EU’s international social policies. The three other
contributions to this symposium elaborate on this distinction by examining the social dimension of the
European Neighbourhood Policy, the ‘uploading’ of the EU social model in the ILO, and the EU’s promotion
of corporate social responsibility in the world. These accounts suggest that market-enhancing goals often take priority over social objectives, and that the EU can at best be seen as a regional social power. In addition, the contributions point to the limitations of an ambitious EU role in this area.